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[Translation of Greek aigothēlās : aigo-, goat + -thēlās, sucker (from the belief that the bird sucked milk from goats).]


(Animals) US and Canadian any nocturnal bird of the family Caprimulgidae, esp Caprimulgus europaeus (European nightjar): order Caprimulgiformes.. Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): nightjar


(ˈgoʊtˌsʌk ər)

any of numerous insect-eating, mostly nocturnal birds of the family Caprimulgidae, of nearly worldwide distribution, including nightjars and nighthawks.
[1605–15; translation of Latin caprimulgus, itself translation of Greek aigothḗlas]
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Noun1.goatsucker - mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyesgoatsucker - mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects
caprimulgiform bird - long-winged nonpasserine birds
Caprimulgus carolinensis, chuck-will's-widow - large whippoorwill-like bird of the southern United States
Caprimulgus vociferus, whippoorwill - American nocturnal goatsucker with grey-and-white plumage
bullbat, mosquito hawk, nighthawk - mainly nocturnal North American goatsucker
Phalaenoptilus nuttallii, poorwill - goatsucker of western North America
References in classic literature ?
The evening was calm and still; -- the shrill noise of the mountain bizcacha, and the faint cry of a goatsucker, were occasionally to be heard.
Life histories of North American cuckoos, goatsuckers, hummingbirds, and their allies.
The goatsuckers, which include common nighthawks (Chordeiles minor), the third member of this family found in New York, belong to the Caprimulgidae family.
Occurring all around us now is a migration of hundreds of millions - warblers, thrushes, flycatchers, swallows, swifts, vireos, orioles, cuckoos, hummingbirds, goatsuckers, tanagers and grosbeaks - on a scale exponentially vaster than the wildebeest migration, filling our night skies as they head south to the tropics to winter.
They are sometimes referred to as goatsuckers from the mistaken belief that they suck milk from goats.
He includes ducks, vultures, hawks, quail, owls, goatsuckers, hummingbirds, trogons, flycatchers, wrens, thrushes, warblers, sparrow, orioles and finches, providing beautiful color photographs and lively descriptions.
Nightnoise surrounds her like a thick quilt, the smothery buzzing of cicadas, the retreat of possums and raccoons, the breaking of branches, goatsuckers and nightjars calling back and forth in the trees.